Can we all just agree, Italian ice cream is to die for? I moved to my neighbourhood in 2015, which was when I realised that Madrid had a Little Italy – actually it’s so little that very few Madrileños are aware of its existence. Get lost in the area bordered by the calles Rios Rosas, Santa Engracia, Raimundo Fernandez Villaverde and Jose Abascal and you will discover Italian restaurants, pizzerias, delis, cafés and, best of all, DaROMA.
DaROMA stays open all year, but has come into its own now the weather has turned warm. You can stay in the large climate controlled back room, or sit outside on the terraza to enjoy your ice cream or “granita” (like a slushy, but made with natural fruit so it won’t turn your mouth blue!). I like the watermelon granita, which is both refreshing and energizing, but as with the ice cream, flavours change daily. I’m a creature of habit, but am happy to go out of my ice cream comfort zone for a creamy new experience!
Choose a cup or (yummy) cone; the real challenge is picking what flavours to have, but don’t worry if you can’t decide. They let you sample a little spoonful to help you make your mind up. There are the classic Italian favourites like nocciola (hazelnut) and stracciatella (cream with chocolate shavings), as well as more modern ones, like strawberry cheesecake, banana, cookie and peanut butter.
Now can I try yours?